Rio Tinto has about 100 autonomous trucks operating across five mine sites in the Pilbara. Photo: Christian Sprogoe Photography

WA could go it alone on autonomous vehicles

The state government’s proposed 10 per cent levy on taxi and ride share trips appears blocked for the time being, with the opposition and key crossbenchers opposed to the measure, which was set to raise $120 million over the next four years to fund a voluntary buyback of taxi plates.


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New technology is often trialed in small westernized cities and then scaled for the globe. Perth is a small westernized city...tick / As noted we have experience in this technology and therefore at least some of the resources to get going right away...tick / As do all economies, we absolutely need diversification...tick / We need solutions to traffic congestion. Lets try this as part of the solution. This is going to happen somewhere in the world. Let it be Perth...tick / Surely we have some of the best weather and wide open spaces in the world to offer the least amount of risk in this regard...tick / It will involve our universities creating more jobs in that space. Make our universities a home for the great minds that this industry will attract and no doubt go from strength to strength...tick / Create jobs and inspire our young people to pursue technology based careers keeping us relevant in the global market...tick. Come on leaders and influential people of Perth and WA, invite the global players in this future market and have a go. What is there to loose ? This is going to happen. Lets do our best to be part of this new age technology. Think of the industrial revolution. I am sure if you did not get on that band wagon, you were quickly left behind with limited opportunity to join in. Lets get a piece of it while the fleeting opportunity is here. "Build it and they will come".

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Hello Sam - again it is necessary to remind our Premier that the Centre of Mining in WA is Kalgoorlie Boulder. Our school of mines is recognised as a leading world education facility let alone the CRCore, CSIRO connections... Move away from the beach Premier and encourage growth outside of West Perth 125 years ago Gold as discovered that created not only the richest square mile in the world - but grew WA from a dismal 50 000 people. Don't be guided by votes - put your head up and see the logic.

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